Wildcat Women (1976)

R | 77 mins | Drama | June 1976

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HISTORY

       The 20 Jan 1975 Box announced that Black Lolita, possibly “the first black action movie filmed in 3-D,” was scheduled to open in Chicago, IL, in the near future. The film’s star, Yolanda Love, was a winner of the title, Miss Black Galaxy. In the 8 Sep 1975 Box, an early Oct 1975 release was announced for the film, under its new title, Wildcat Women. However, the starring roles were attributed to Gretchen Gale and Evelyn Otis, neither of whose names appear onscreen in the print viewed. Their participation in the film has not been determined. A news item in the 29 Sep 1975 Box stated that photography was planned for late summer 1975, with an opening in Atlanta, GA, in early Oct 1975. Producer Stephen Gibson hired Stan Gelson to direct, but Gelson’s name does not appear onscreen, and his participation has not been determined prior to Gibson assuming directorial duties. The film was photographed using the Deep Vision 3-D process, which required no special lenses or screens for projection, making it ideal for drive-in theaters.
       An article in the 6 Oct 1975 Box described an accident on the set of Wildcat Women, wherein actress Serena Powell, also known as “Serena,” destroyed a $20,000 stereoscopic lens while performing a stunt. The release date was moved to late Oct 1975. Although Serena’s name does not appear in the onscreen credits, an advertisement in the 5 Jun 1976 Box includes the statement, “Introducing Oui Calendar Girl Serena.”
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       The 20 Jan 1975 Box announced that Black Lolita, possibly “the first black action movie filmed in 3-D,” was scheduled to open in Chicago, IL, in the near future. The film’s star, Yolanda Love, was a winner of the title, Miss Black Galaxy. In the 8 Sep 1975 Box, an early Oct 1975 release was announced for the film, under its new title, Wildcat Women. However, the starring roles were attributed to Gretchen Gale and Evelyn Otis, neither of whose names appear onscreen in the print viewed. Their participation in the film has not been determined. A news item in the 29 Sep 1975 Box stated that photography was planned for late summer 1975, with an opening in Atlanta, GA, in early Oct 1975. Producer Stephen Gibson hired Stan Gelson to direct, but Gelson’s name does not appear onscreen, and his participation has not been determined prior to Gibson assuming directorial duties. The film was photographed using the Deep Vision 3-D process, which required no special lenses or screens for projection, making it ideal for drive-in theaters.
       An article in the 6 Oct 1975 Box described an accident on the set of Wildcat Women, wherein actress Serena Powell, also known as “Serena,” destroyed a $20,000 stereoscopic lens while performing a stunt. The release date was moved to late Oct 1975. Although Serena’s name does not appear in the onscreen credits, an advertisement in the 5 Jun 1976 Box includes the statement, “Introducing Oui Calendar Girl Serena.”
       Wildcat Women opened at several drive-in theaters in Pittsburgh, PA, and in southern MI, during early Jun 1976. The film played for five days in each state, grossing $52,836. In an Aug 1978 rerelease with two other Deep Vision titles, the film grossed $29,045 in the Detroit, MI, metropolitan area.
      End credits include the following written acknowledgements: "Special Thanks to: Shangrila Pet Shop, Baldwin Pk., CA; Silver Saddle Motel, No. Hollywood, CA; Deep Vision 3-D."
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
20 Jan 1975.
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Box Office
8 Sep 1975.
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Box Office
29 Sep 1975.
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Box Office
6 Oct 1975.
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Box Office
5 Jul 1976.
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Box Office
11 Sep 1978.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Parliament Films Release
Phantasy Films Presents
In Deep Vision 3-D
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog entirely in Deep Vision 3-D by
Asst cam
Key grip
Key grip
Photog entirely in Deep Vision 3-D
FILM EDITORS
Prod ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp and coord by
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Dial coach
SOURCES
MUSIC
Music and lyrics of "Lolita" theme by Sam Roberts, Joe Greene, Jesse Kirkland, Marva Farmer and Steve Dexter
Love Theme of "All Of My Life All Of My Love" sung by The Charades.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Black Lolita
Wildcat Women in 3D
Bad Lolita
Busting Out
Release Date:
June 1976
Premiere Information:
Pittsburgh, PA, opening: 2 June 1976
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
77
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Los Angeles, California, lounge singer and war widow Lolita is accosted by three motorcyclists as she leaves work, and thwarts their attempt to rape her using kung fu. The next day, four thugs, employed by crime a kingpin known as “Buddha,” enter the grocery store owned by Lolita’s Aunt Rose and Uncle Henry, who refuse to pay protection money to the gang. Aunt Rose is pushed to the floor and kicked, while Uncle Henry is thrown through the glass door and shot to death. When Lolita arrives, Harry, a police detective, is at the scene. Lolita demands justice for her uncle, and Harry, a lifelong friend of the family, promises her that he will do his best, but insists that this is strictly police business. Sometime later, a prostitute named Karen is murdered by Digger, one of Buddha’s henchmen, and the body is discovered by Karen’s close friend, Paula. Lolita and Paula share their grief at the apartment of their neighbor, Robbie, who suspects a connection between the two murders. The women join forces to avenge their loved ones, but without police intervention. Lolita recruits Tinker Jones, a commercial photographer with a knack for electronic surveillance. Disguised as a homeless alcoholic, Tinker follows Spider, another of Buddha’s henchmen, to the gang’s headquarters, taps the telephone line, and learns that the gang is arranging a heroin purchase at Union Station. When Lolita shares this information with Robbie and Paula during a bicycle ride, the three women devise a plan to undermine the gang by sabotaging their operations, one at a time. Later, Lolita, dressed as a man, arrives ... +


In Los Angeles, California, lounge singer and war widow Lolita is accosted by three motorcyclists as she leaves work, and thwarts their attempt to rape her using kung fu. The next day, four thugs, employed by crime a kingpin known as “Buddha,” enter the grocery store owned by Lolita’s Aunt Rose and Uncle Henry, who refuse to pay protection money to the gang. Aunt Rose is pushed to the floor and kicked, while Uncle Henry is thrown through the glass door and shot to death. When Lolita arrives, Harry, a police detective, is at the scene. Lolita demands justice for her uncle, and Harry, a lifelong friend of the family, promises her that he will do his best, but insists that this is strictly police business. Sometime later, a prostitute named Karen is murdered by Digger, one of Buddha’s henchmen, and the body is discovered by Karen’s close friend, Paula. Lolita and Paula share their grief at the apartment of their neighbor, Robbie, who suspects a connection between the two murders. The women join forces to avenge their loved ones, but without police intervention. Lolita recruits Tinker Jones, a commercial photographer with a knack for electronic surveillance. Disguised as a homeless alcoholic, Tinker follows Spider, another of Buddha’s henchmen, to the gang’s headquarters, taps the telephone line, and learns that the gang is arranging a heroin purchase at Union Station. When Lolita shares this information with Robbie and Paula during a bicycle ride, the three women devise a plan to undermine the gang by sabotaging their operations, one at a time. Later, Lolita, dressed as a man, arrives at the station, accompanied by a tall blonde woman. While the woman seduces the janitor, Lolita follows Mr. Kelly, the heroin dealer, into the men’s restroom, knocks him unconscious, and flushes the merchandise down a toilet. The henchmen bring Kelly to Buddha, who beheads the dealer with a machete. Meanwhile, Tinker informs Lolita that he has identified the gang’s leader as Sahawa “Buddha” Yamamoto, a convicted child molester who now controls a criminal empire. One evening, while performing at the cocktail lounge, Lolita meets Cleon, a business consultant, and the two soon fall in love. When Lolita and Robbie foil another transaction between the gang and a jewel thief, Buddha demands that this new adversary be identified and eliminated. The henchmen search their building and discover Tinker’s recording equipment in the basement. Lolita realizes the need for reinforcements and recruits two more women, Shirley and Pearl, to her cause. That night, Lolita and Robbie steal guns and ammunition from the gang during a party hosted by Digger. Afterward, as the women celebrate, Harry appears and warns them not to interfere with police business. Lolita calls Harry a “pig” and demands that he leave. The following day, Lolita attracts Spider’s attention outside gang headquarters, and he invites her to Buddha’s home that evening. Shortly after her arrival, Lolita witnesses Buddha’s interrogation of Shirley and Pearl, whom he suspects of being spies. Lolita, assisted by Robbie, aids the women in their escape, but she also reveals herself as Buddha’s secret nemesis. Later, while driving with Lolita in her car, Cleon pulls to the side of the road and points a gun at her, saying that he is acting on orders from Buddha. However, Cleon is unable to kill her and admits that he wants to leave the gang. She hits him with his own gun and pushes him out of the car, saying, “Wait’ll I tell Dear Abby about this one!” Lolita attempts to place a listening device in the gang’s headquarters, but is found out and narrowly escapes. Following an unsuccessful search for Lolita, Buddha and his men interrogate Robbie in her apartment. While she is suspended by her wrists, Buddha has Robbie stripped before raping her with the barrel of a pistol. Robbie directs the gang to an amusement park, where Lolita, Shirley, Pearl, and Tinker are waiting for her. Buddha cuts Robbie’s wrists, then pistol whips Cleon for protesting. The ensuing gun battle at the amusement park ends with Buddha and Lolita as the only survivors. When Cleon comes to Lolita’s defense, Buddha kills him as well. Buddha corners Lolita on a carousel and holds her at gunpoint while he savors his victory. Suddenly, three shots are fired into his back by Paula, who tells Lolita, “I only wish I could do it again.” +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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